Alice Shepard, Psychologist, Ph.D.

Alice Shepard, Ph.D.
Director & Therapist

Alice has been a therapist for over ten years. She completed training at Barnard College, Columbia Medical Center, and Columbia University’s Counseling & Psychological Services. She is a graduate of Brown University and the City University of New York Graduate Center.

License: 018801-1, New York


Alba Vega

Alba Vega, LMHC

Alba is a Spanish and English bilingual therapist with experience in psychiatric rehabilitation, individual therapy, career counseling, couples therapy, and group counseling. She has experience in a range of outpatient settings. Alba enjoys working with a diverse group of people and aims to adjust each session to the client’s needs. Alba received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from The State University of New York at Albany.

License: 008565-1, New York

Emily Chernow Therapist

Emily Chernow, Licensed Psychotherapist

Emily believes individuals are a culmination of their life experiences and should be treated as such. Working with Emily, you can expect to explore your past and present experiences and how they influence your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. She has an extensive background in attachment theory research and received psychodynamic training at the Training Institute for Mental Health. Emily specializes in young adults dealing with queer issues, life transitions, relationship issues, anxiety and depression. Emily received her Master’s degree from New York University.

License No: 113453, New York


Emma Fessler, LCSW-R

Emma is a senior clinician who has worked in a variety of outpatient settings including mental health clinics, schools, and hospitals. She has expertise in helping survivors of sexual assault, the chronically ill, and mediating between adult children and their parents. Emma is dedicated to helping women who are going through important transitions in their lives.

License: 022566, New York

Erica Mahoney MHC-LP

Erica Mahoney, LMHC

Erica has experience working with clients to address body, self-esteem issues, and clinical perfectionism. She specializes in helping women with significant life transitions including relationship concerns, motherhood, career, academic and cultural adjustment. Originally from North Carolina, Erica has a gregarious, kind, and accepting demeanor that helps one to feel at ease. Erica’s work utilizes evidence-based interventions including CBT, DBT, trauma-informed, and psycho-educational approaches. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University in Colorado.

License: 013052, New York


Gloriane Roberson, LMSW

Gloriane has spent the majority of her professional career helping women and youth work through trauma, sexual abuse, anxiety, and depression.  She believes in providing a non judgmental and supportive therapeutic experience as a pathway for growth and development. Gloriane has a particular focus on supporting self-determination, empowerment and harm reduction. She completed her Bachelors’ and Master’s degrees at Adelphi University.

License: 081295

Jyoti Manchandani, Psy.D.

Jyoti Manchandani, Psy.D.

Dr. Jyoti Manchandani is an experienced clinician who addresses issues core to one’s identity and self-esteem. She collaborates with clients to enhance relationships, improve coping skills and develop satisfying goals. Jyoti is kind, passionate, and sincerely committed to helping women achieve their fullest potential.

License number 017596 


Kendall Contri Bierman, MHC-LP

Kendall has experience working with women struggling with anxiety, healthy eating, body-image, and relationship concerns. She has additional training with substance dependence, such as reducing marijuana use, alcohol consumption, nicotine use, or other recreational drugs. Kendall uses a multifaceted approach to counseling pulling from CBT, DBT, and Psychodynamic theories. Kendall has a non-judgmental and empathetic demeanor that helps foster meaningful and open relationships with her clients. She received her bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College and her master’s from Long Island University.

License: P116058. 

Sonia Byrd, Psy.D. LMHC Therapist

Sonia Byrd, Psy.D., LMHC, Therapist

Sonia is a senior clinician who specializes in helping women mediate challenging family and relationship issues to reduce stress and improve self-confidence. She has extensive experience working with a range of therapeutic concerns. Sonia has additional training in mindfulness. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and her Doctorate from Yeshiva University.

License: 002835-01

Ginger Sands, LMSW

Ginger Sands, LMSW

Growing up in NYC, Ginger understands the immense pressures and challenges that come with navigating life in the city. She focuses on helping women struggling with anxiety, disordered eating, body-image, self-esteem, dating and relationships, and life transitions. Ginger’s therapeutic approach draws from various modalities such as CBT, DBT, solution-focused therapy and psychodynamic therapy to help clients process and cope with their struggles. She works alongside her clients supporting their individual needs and uses compassion, warmth, and relatability to help improve their quality of life. Ginger received her Bachelor’s from George Washington University and her Master’s from Yeshiva University.

License: 121643


Tara Waldman, LMSW

Tara has experience working with clients coping with anxiety, depression, trauma, and loss. She ensures that her clients feel supported, validated, and at ease. Tara focuses on enhancing self-esteem by helping clients identify their unique strengths. She is warm, empathetic, and passionate about helping clients meet their goals. Tara completed her bachelor’s degree at Penn State University and her master’s degree at Yeshiva University.

License: 118065, New York


Uniysha Jones, MHC-LP

Uniysha has experience working with women who experience anxiety, depression, relationship issues and trauma. Additionally, Uniysha works to support women with scheduling and routines in order to support healthy day to day habits. Uniysha uses CBT and offers a holistic approach to help guide women through their healing. Her warm personality cultivates a space that allows each woman to be fully expressive, without judgement. Uniysha achieved a Bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College and a Master’s degree from Long Island University.


Regina McMaster, LMSW

Regina has experience in a variety of settings supporting individuals who are facing different challenges throughout their lives. She is versed in treating anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and the emotional impacts of chronic medical issues. Regina has a strong interest in analyzing the mind-body connection and aspects of self-care that can support growth and change. She is fully committed to providing empathy, support, and building a strong therapeutic alliance with you. Regina earned her Bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary College and her Master’s degree from Adelphi University.

License: 094330, New York

Kate Staikos

Kate Staikos, Therapy Associate

Kate specializes in relationship concerns, career transition, corporate burnout, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. With a holistic and culturally sensitive approach, Kate integrates psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, and emotional awareness strategies. She provides a unique blend of tools to help women manage their time, relationships, stress, and perfectionistic tendencies. Understanding the pressures faced by women in today’s society, Kate approaches her work with a warm, non-judgmental, and personalized touch. Kate is in the final months of her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Hunter College. Kate will continue with us as she has already been hired for a full-time therapist role at Mirielle Therapy Practice due to her wonderful ability to connect with and improve the lives of her clients.

Emily Heimberger, Clinic Coordinator

Emily Heimberger, Clinic Coordinator

Emily received her bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University. She is currently pursuing her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Liberty University. She aspires to empower women who desire to make important changes in their lives.

Chelsea Walker, Clinic Coordinator

Chelsea Walker, Clinic Coordinator

Chelsea received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston and her master’s degree from Chamberlain University. She has extensive experience working in a variety of healthcare settings.

Heather Nelson, B.A.

Heather Nelson, B.A.
Financial Manager

Heather is a graduate of Syracuse University where she majored in marketing. She has previously worked in financial services for HBO & Lord & Taylor.


Jennifer Durso

Jennifer is a mental health counselor. She obtained her Master’s degree from New York University. She possesses over three years of doctoral training in school psychology, which is expertise in improving students’ learning and behavior. She also has experience with counseling college students. Jennifer is passionate about using a strengths-based and holistic approach to empower women. She specializes in areas such as anxiety disorders, low self-esteem, body image challenges, eating disorders, health and wellness, LGBTQ, depression, career issues, family concerns, dating/relationships, and identity development. She values breaking the stigmas around therapy and mental health by making clients feel comfortable, excited about creating change, and actively involved in their treatment process.

License: Coming Soon

Mirielle Therapy Practice

Alice Shepard, Ph.D.
303 5th Avenue (Near 31st Street)
Suite 1909
New York, NY 10016
212 545 9901

Hours of Operation
By Appointment Only

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